Exclusive Demo Reel for Tak Sakaguchi's Zero's Action Team

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The Asian Film Festival of Dallas (AFFD) concludes on Thursday, August 21, 2008 with a screening of Tak Sakaguchi's directorial debut Be A Man! Samurai School. Sakaguchi is the festival's 2008 special guest, and has flown into Dallas, Texas exclusively for the screening. Tak kindly provided us with the latest demo reel for his Zero's action team, which is to say the least, completely on fire. Anyone even reasonably close to the Dallas area should seriously consider making the screening as Sakaguchi has brought Isao Karasawa, who is one of his lead stuntmen, and there will be a live demonstration before the event. The demo reel is contained beneath the fold.

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Zwanster03August 21, 2008 3:40 AM

I love me some Tak Sakaguchi, I really do, I think they guy has fantastic charisma and is a good fighter, but goddamn, I really didn't like Be a Man Samurai School. I thought it wasn't funny enough to be a comedy, and it wasn't serious and exciting enough to be an action movie, I found it to be a uncomfortable middle-ground which ended up making it not enjoyable in either category. I really hope Samurai Zombie or whatever its called is going to be better...

J HurtadoAugust 21, 2008 9:35 AM

Two nearly identical reponses 3 hours apart. Weird. I'm looking forward to the film tomorrow anyway, and the live demo should be fun as well.

JustinDAugust 21, 2008 9:37 AM

We are clones. One and the same. In truth, I just wanted to re-interate the same point.

kevinAugust 21, 2008 9:45 AM

I thought "Be a Man!" was pretty funny because it really isn't far off from some of the testosterone-fueled shonen manga of the early 80s. I don't think it's really a gag comedy as much as it's a spoof of a whole genre. The action scenes were more style than substance. Lots of close-ups and careful framing, not a lot of actual fighting.

Zwanster03August 22, 2008 1:06 AM

I thought it was a really good parody, granted, it captured the feel of those 80s manly delinquent mangas, but it failed to make me have a good time, look at Crows Zero, its pretty much the same thing, but done right, done very right If I may say so, that movie is funny AND has great action while capturing the mood of said types of manga perfectly, I just don't know where it went wrong with Be a Man Samurai School, maybe crappy source material, but i can't comment on that seeing as I haven't read the original manga.

SjeksterAugust 22, 2008 11:45 PM

While I think most of the choreography is good, the feel of the action is somewhat fake to me. Punches and kick don't seem to connect as well as they should, thus making it all seemed a bit too staged.